If you love Tuna Noodle Casserole, but don’t want the addition of high sodium soup, this is the recipe for you!
Even when I was a fussy kid, I always liked Tuna Casserole. As an adult, I still like it. I don’t make it with canned soup though. I think it is way too salty and tends to over- power the casserole. This recipe makes a creamy casserole, and you can customize it with vegetables of your choice. As far as the Cheese goes, use a little, use a lot, mix up the Cheeses. I love Extra Sharp and a little Swiss, but you do your own thing. Serve it with homemade Corn Bread baked in a cast iron pan and dinner is served!
INGREDIENTS: YIELDS 6 Large Servings
1 pkg Egg Noodles
3 TBSP Butter
¾ cup Mushrooms, chopped
½ cup Celery, diced
2 cloves Garlic, chopped
¼ cup AP Flour
15 oz Chicken Broth, Reduced Sodium is fine
1 ½ cups Milk
¼ cup Dry Sherry (I use Taylor)
12 oz Grated Cheese
10 oz Drained Tuna (I use four 2.6 oz packages)
8-10 Buttery Crackers, crushed
½ cup Bread Crumbs
Optional 3 TBSP melted Butter
OPTIONAL VEGETABLES: Diced Carrots, Chopped Broccoli, Frozen Peas, thawed and drained, Corn, thawed and drained (Without washing, I use the colander that I drained the noodles in to thaw any frozen Veggies and let them drain).
CHEESE: Here’s what I like: 4 oz Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheese, grated4 Slices Swiss Cheese, chopped 4 Slices Cooper Cheese, chopped
Cook noodles in at least a 4 qt Dutch Oven, drain and set aside. I only boil them for 5 minutes. They will continue cooking when in the oven.
In the same pan on Low/Medium Heat, melt Butter. Add Mushrooms, Celery, Garlic. Sautee for 1 minute. Add ¼ cup Flour, Chicken Broth, Milk, and Sherry. Simmer for 5-7 minutes or until beginning to thicken.
Turn heat to low (mixture should be barely simmering). Begin slowly adding Cheeses. If you do it too fast, it may curdle, and you will not like that. Once the Cheeses are completely melted, taste it and make sure it’s Cheesy enough for you.
Butter a deep 4 quart Casserole Dish and put the noodles in. Add Tuna and stir. Add thawed Vegetables, and stir again. Pour Cheese/Milk mixture over noodles. Stir again.
Smash up about 8-10 Buttery Crackers and sprinkle on top. Add about ½ cup Bread Crumbs. Optional: Melt 3 TBSP butter and pour over topping.
Bake at 375° F for 20-30 minutes, depending on whether you use a deep casserole dish or a shorter 9” x 13” baking dish.
MY BEST AND FAVORITE BUTTERMILK CORN BREAD
The only cornbread recipe I use. I like my cornbread moist and a little on the sweet side. I’m not crazy about the Southern style. Give this a try. It freezes beautifully!
Wonderful with chili, tuna casserole, soup, breakfast. Cornbread is basically a quick bread. It’s incredibly easy and so satisfying.
½ cup Crisco
1 cup sugar
1 cup + 2 TBSP yellow corn meal
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cup flour
1 ½ cup buttermilk
Cream Crisco and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and half of the milk. Beat well.
Add baking powder and salt, mixing until combined.
Add corn meal, flour and remainder of milk. Mix until combined. The best cornbread is always baked in a cast iron pan. The edges get so wonderfully crispy. If you don’t have one, use a greased cake pan or baking dish.
BAKE AT 375* for about 40 minutes, or until desired browning is achieved. I don’t like mine pale and always let it get browned. (See picture)
I often bake a half batch. Know, however, that the leftover bread can be frozen to make stuffing with!
NOTE: My special additives are sautéed onions, chopped jalapenos, a little cooked and a tiny bit of cooked crumbled bacon, mini sweet peppers, fresh corn, etc. I think you get the idea. If it sounds good? Add it.
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